Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Teachings on Bodhicharyavatara
Chapter 6: Patience
In his commentary on these next verses Rinpoche points out that even though we revere the wisdom and kindness of the buddhas and bodhisattvas it is through our misdeeds that we cause unhappiness to them. Thus it is imperative that we ask forgiveness for transgressions which have been the cause of suffering to sentient beings, and consequently to the buddhas and bodhisattvas themselves.
To benefit all beings we must become the master of our own thoughts and actions. Becoming master of my own thoughts and actions will allow me to serve others, because I have gained control of my own wayward thoughts. When I consider that sentient beings have been my parents in previous lives, then it motivates me to respect them and through the practice of patience, even when they don’t appreciate my offer I go one step further and determine to make them the primary recipients of my future enlightenment.
My primary concern is to make the buddhas and bodhisattvas happy, and I do this by developing a positive and forgiving attitude, understanding where I cause harm, and putting sentient beings before myself.
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